The vine

your training programme:
Novices
2. The vine

What are the approved grape varieties?

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Look at the 3 main Champagne grape varieties and memorise them.

Pinot
Noir

Meunier

Chardonnay

Can you remember the 3 approved Champagne grape varieties?

 

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Click on the correct 3 images.


Champagne has the distinction of being a
white wine
made predominantly from
black grapes.

Raisins blancs et noirs

What is the first task to carry out on the vines after harvesting?

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Pruning,
the most fundamental of all vineyard tasks,
is a manual operation which
requires specific training and a diploma.

Pruning

 

Pruning begins as soon as the leaves start to fall
and may continue until March.

Pruning is halted between mid-December and mid-January to respect the plants’ winter dormant period.


Why are the grapes harvested by hand?

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The Champagne making process requires whole clusters
of grapes to be pressed.

 

Harvesting is therefore done
exclusively by hand.

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Did you know?

Over a three-week period, more than 100,000 pickers, porters, loaders and press operators come to Champagne to harvest the grapes, which is the culmination of the wine-growing year.

 

Vendangeurs

 

Your next stage:

The winemaking process

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